Retro-review: ‘Rock For Light’ by Bad Brains

Thrash metal and punk have always been closely connected in a rather incestuous way. That connection goes further back than D.R.I.’s 1987 album Crossover, which is credited with creating the fused thrash/punk genre. But thrash metal itself goes back to the early 80s when bands like Metallica took the aggression of punk rock and combined it with the musicianship of 1970s heavy metal. There’s lots … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Rock For Light’ by Bad Brains

Brainfood: Space war is coming

Bryan Bender and Jacqueline Klimas believe that everything from the upper atmosphere to the moon is becoming a battleground that will see Russia, China and the U.S. facing off in a space war. It won’t be a war between spaceships, but instead, it will be attacks on satellites in order to make opponents vulnerable to Earth-based missile attacks. Admittedly, this is one area where Trump … Continue reading Brainfood: Space war is coming

Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

Chicago’s Macabre know a lot about serial killers. Want proof? Listen to their 1993 album Sinister Slaughter. Macabre are what can be called the death-grind equivalent of They Might Be Giants. Except, where They Might Be Giants occasionally sing songs about math, science and history, Macabre dedicate almost their entire songography to the topics of serial murderers, spree killers and mass murderers. The fact they … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Sinister Slaughter’ by Macabre

Brainfood: Welcome to the branding presidency

According to Daniel Drezner of the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s Tweet rage reflects the only thing he has left in his presidency: Branding. Drezner said that Trump is near powerless at this point and unlikely to achieve anything of note before this year’s general election. Indeed, Trump’s empty threat to veto the omnibus, and the outrage from his base about the spending, suggest how powerless … Continue reading Brainfood: Welcome to the branding presidency

Retro-review: ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ by King’s X

King’s X 1988 debut album Out of the Silent Planet is a great first effort by a band that has been unfortunately overlooked the majority of their career. Out of the Silent Planet is the first recording they made on Megaforce records following years of being signed to exclusively Christian music labels. While it didn’t make waves and didn’t make as much of an impact … Continue reading Retro-review: ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ by King’s X

Wishing to tune out Trump’s Tweets

I always tell myself in the morning “don’t look at the news, you know it’s going to be about Trump Tweets.” I seem to have trouble following those self-given orders. I just cringe reading the Tweets by a U.S. President who is either trolling for affirmation from the Internet or whining like a petulant child about people he perceives to be his enemies. If it … Continue reading Wishing to tune out Trump’s Tweets

I’m not gone

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lack of updates to my website over the last few weeks. It’s not that I have forgotten about it, but with my reviews and columns moving to, I just haven’t been sure what to do with it. Also, life has a habit of keeping you pretty busy. Myself, I’m essentially working three jobs, which really cutting into … Continue reading I’m not gone

Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20

What do you get when you mix science fiction and westerns with a Japanese spin? You get Trigun. It’s the tale of Vash the Stampede, a not-so-lone gunman on the planet Gunsmoke, who has taken a vow to never kill anyone. Vash aimlessly wanders through the first half of the series and then, in the second half, finds himself in, not a life-and-death struggle for … Continue reading Endearing, enduring anime ‘Trigun’ turns 20